So much for the "free libraries" of Andrew Carnegie. While Glenda Jackson MP is busy charging to the defence of her Hampstead branch, the barbarians are already within the gates, selling off "items surplus to stock". In Leeds this included the only complete run of Peace News in the UK, the excuse being that I was "the only person who consulted it in the previous year".
The decision was not made by library staff, who shared my horror at the loss of irreplaceable archive material, but by a new tier of "higher management economists". The concerns of disgruntled borrowers and dedicated librarians seem equally "surplus to requirements".
Barry Tebb 27 Sefton Terrace Leeds